Macromolecular Science was born in the middle of the last century and made rapid progress in the last several decades to fill the gap between traditional disciplines and to meet the practical needs of the new era. However, macromolecular science is not a mere extension of chemistry or physics but stands at the crossroads of chemistry, physics, and life science. Especially, macromolecular science has been regarded as an important field of science for understanding of biological phenomena at a molecular level. Macromolecules are known as a typical complex system and have recently attracted the great interest of many scientists in the field of physics. Thus, macromolecular science must be one of the most important fields of natural science in this new century.
There are several universities having departments of macromolecular science in Japan、but most of them belong to the faculty of engineering, aiming at practical applications. The Department of Macromolecular Science of Osaka University is unique in the sense that it belongs to the graduate school of science, and the objective of our department is basic research on macromolecules. The department consists of the following four major research groups: (i) Polymer Synthesis and Reaction Chemistry, (ii) Structure, Function, and Properties of Polymers, (iii) Macromolecular Assemblies, and (iv) Informative Polymer Science.